Journey Among the Dead


By Eugène Ionesco

Premiere Translation by Michael Taormina

Adapted and Directed by Joanna Settle



About the text:

Ionesco’s final play, written in 1985 shortly before his death, is an anxiety driven, autobiographical fantasy centered around a middle-aged writer who visits a realm where the dead and the living exist plainly with one another. As adapted by Joanna Settle, Ionesco’s protagonist is a woman in her thirties – Joan, a successful but faltering writer who seeks answers from her relatives, approval from her parents, and a clearer sense of purpose. Answers are not forthcoming, and the audience is plunged into a world where the failures and preoccupations of the past mingle indiscriminately with those of the present. Often funny and always challenging, this new translation by Michael Taormina was commissioned and developed by D13 with the support of Étant Donnés, The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.



Production Staff

Scenic Design: Andrew Lieberman

Puppetry: Lake Simons

Costume Design: Caroline Flach

Composer: Obadiah Eaves

Sound Design: Mike Frank

Lighting Design: Peter West

Choreography: Alex Escalante

Production Stage Manager: Lisa Gavaletz




Anne DeAcetis

Youssef Kerkour

Steven Rishard

Caesar Samayoa

Rachel Sledd

Katie Taber


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